Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) welcomed the presidents submission of three free-trade agreements for votes but said it was long delayed.
The Senate passed TAA legislation last month in a bipartisan vote that garnered support from 77 Members. From that showing in the Senate, a senior White House official said, “We expect [TAA] to have bipartisan support in the House as well.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.